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GOP House's inaction on VAWA shows bigotry...

(CNN) — My great-grandmother used to laugh in moments of misfortune and confusion. It was a reflex honed by the constant daily pressures of being an immigrant in a country where the language and the culture were alien. Years later, she said it was a form of stress release. But thinking back, I can also see how laughter felt like the safest bet when confronted with threatening situations in an unfamiliar world. Read...

posted on: Jan 7, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Looking Into Problems With Transvaginal Surgical Mesh...

A PATIENT, 67, had a transvaginal repair with synthetic mesh for pelvic organ prolapse. Four weeks later, she reported spotting, discomfort, and vaginal irritation. The surgeon found that the surgical mesh had eroded into her vagina and prescribed estrogen cream for a month, but it wasn’t effective. The patient needed more surgery for resection of the exposed mesh and closure of eroded tissue. Pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are pelvic disorders affecting millions of women in the United States. They occur when pelvic floor muscles lose strength, allowing pelvic organs, including the bladder and uterus, to descend from their normal location and bulge through the vaginal wall (pelvic organ prolapse), or diminishing bladder control…...

posted on: Jul 14, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Banned toxic chemicals found in 100 percent of pregnant women...

A new study from the University of California, San Francisco reveals that 100 percent of expectant mothers (sample size = 268) are contaminated with highly toxic synthetic chemicals. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, concluded, "Certain PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, PFCs, phenols, PBDEs, phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate were detected in 99 to 100% of pregnant women." These chemicals are known to exhibit various harmful effects on human biology, covering everything from neurological and infertility problems to cancer and hormonal disorders. Many of the chemicals found in these women have been banned for not just years, but decades....

posted on: Jan 21, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Male Circumcision Cuts Women’s Cervical Cancer Risk...

Circumcising men can reduce cervical cancer risk in women, a new study shows. The study involved more than 1,200 HIV-negative, heterosexual couples living in Uganda, where circumcision of male adults is increasingly encouraged as a means of slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Half the men received the surgical procedure at enrollment and the other half were scheduled for circumcision after their participation in the trial ended....

posted on: Jan 8, 2011 | author: Staff writer

6 Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk...

One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime — a sobering statistic that leaves many women asking, “What can I do to lower my breast cancer risk?” Yes, there are some factors you can’t control, such as being a woman and getting older — about two out of three women with invasive breast cancer are 55 or older when the cancer is found. However, there are steps you can try to improve your odds of avoiding this disease. For...

posted on: Oct 20, 2010 | author: Staff writer

Preterm Births: Is Depression A Big Factor?...

Nearly 1 of 8 babies is born prematurely each year in the United States. A pregnancy typically runs for about 40 weeks, but a preterm birth means the pregnancy lasts no longer than 37 weeks. Preterm babies face many medical problems and learning difficulties. Doctors still have no accurate method of finding out who is at risk of preterm delivery. Despite long years of research, no one really understands why premature births happen or what can be done to prevent it. Depression may be one key and effective treatment of depression may be one means to prevent preterm births, according to the research team leader, De-Kun Li, M.D., Ph.D., of the Kaiser Permanente Research Division. Little attention has...

Preterm Births: Is Depression A Big Factor?
posted on: May 2, 2010 | author: Staff writer

Is Cervical Cancer Vaccine Safe?

The vaccine is designed to fight infections of four different strains of human papillovirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted agent that can cause cervical cancer. The federal government approved Gardasil for use in women two years ago. It is particularly recommended for girls age 11 or 12 years — to give them prior protection before they become sexually active. The CDC study covered 370,000 doses administered to 190,000 girls and young women who received at least one dose of the recommended three shots. The data on these vaccine-recipients were compared with data from other females who had not received this particular vaccine. The researchers tested the data for eight medical safety problems, including risk of blood clots,...

Is Cervical Cancer Vaccine Safe?
posted on: Oct 26, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Does More Caffeine Raise Breast Cancer Risk?...

Caffeine can be found in many products — coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate, soft drinks, and some medications — which may make it the most widely consumed drug in the world. A previous study observed that women diagnosed for non-malignant breast disease found some relief after caffeine in their diet was eliminated. The current study therefore tried to test the hypothesis that caffeine raised breast cancer risks. The researchers conducted the study on 38,432 women, all at least age 45, who provided information about their dietary habits. Over a follow-up period of 10 years, invasive breast cancer developed in 1,188 women (3 percent). All the women were health-care professionals, with 3 of 4 being registered nurses. Nearly 25...

Does More Caffeine Raise Breast Cancer Risk?
posted on: Oct 15, 2008 | author: Staff writer

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